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Peppa Pig’s Surprise: Live on Stage, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Aug

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One for the little ones, but you’ll need to be quick because the pigs have a cult following among the under fives and it’ll sell out quick. Peppa, George and co are playing outside, when Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig come along with a surprise for them. Peppa and George can’t guess what it it. See if your little ones can. *Snort* There will be fun and games in this new show, as the life-size puppets bring new songs and and dance.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £17.15-£23.15. atgtickets.com

 

Jazz in the Park, at Loseley Park, Sun 14 Aug

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Bring a picnic and your favourite tipple, and spread out on the lawns to enjoy a lovely evening of jazz the beautiful Walled Garden at Loseley Park. Featuring the quintet of British trumpet legend Digby Fairweather (that’s him pictured) and the virtuoso Julian Marc Stringle on sax and clarinet, with David Beebee on piano, Martin Pyne on drums and Marianne Windham on bass, and an opening set from the George Abbott School Big Band, the event is being held in aid of the bowel cancer charity GUTS. It’s from 4.30-8.30pm.

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 304440. Tickets: £12 each of £40 for a group of four. loseleypark.co.uk

 

Outdoor Cinema: Pretty Woman (12 Aug) & Jaws (13 Aug), Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

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Pretty Woman (15): Ahh. What’s not to love. Gorgeous Jules as the sassy prostitute meets and falls in love with hunky Richard Gere’s rich banker. This is Nineties cinema at its best. Tickets: general admission £17.50, premium tickets £30 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Doors open 6.45pm, film starts 8.30pm.

Jaws (12A): I’m not sure I can really remember the storyline of this timeless classic, but it involves sharks, teenagers, beaches, and that oh-so-recognisable music. It’s a timeless classic. Tickets: general admission £17.50, child (3-15 years) £13.50, premium tickets £30 (incl deckchair and a complimentary drink plus speedy service at the Luna Bar). Doors open 6.45pm, film starts 8.30pm.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU. Tel: 0844 858 6767. thelunacinema.com

 

Linocut Lives On, at Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton, on until 9 Oct

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This exhibition features work by some of the top British linocut artists of today, along with works by historical heroes of the genre such as Edward Bawden. Co-curated by designer Cath Kidston, this personal selection will feature a fascinating range of works made using linoprint techniques with all artwork available for sale.

Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235. wattsgallery.org.uk

 

Open Air Theatre: Dotty the Dragon (11 Aug) & Sense and Sensibility (17 Aug), at Hatchlands Park, East Clandon

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Dotty the Dragon: Follow the adventure of this cuddly baby fire dragon, as Blunderbus Theatre brings this big-hearted tale of friendship, told with magical songs, enchanting music and puppetry. Gates open 5pm, show is from 5.30-7.30pm. Tickets: adults £12, child £8, family £32. Booking essential.

Sense and Sensibility: An evening of Regency wonderment comes to Hatchlands as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their forst forays into 18th century society. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring you this Jane Austen classic. Gates open 6.30pm, show is from 7pm-10pm. Tickets: adults £16, child £8, family £40. Booking essential.

Hatchlands Park, East Wing Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT. Tel: 01483 444 334. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

The Chicago Blues Brothers, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Thur 11 Aug

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Shake Your Tail Feather at this one baby! If you’re a fan of the films, you’ll love this night of Blues, Motown and Soul music plus a few laughs as well. There’s a nine-piece live band, and elaborate new staging, and all those classic Blues Brothers’ hits, including ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’, ‘Soul Man’ and ‘Respect’. All that’s missing is John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £25.40 – £27.40. atgtickets.com

 

The Wind in the Willows, Kew Gardens, until 28 August

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The Australian Shakespeare Company perform Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of four animal best friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger and Otter and of course, hilarious Toad, messing about on the river. An outdoor production set against the backdrop of Kew Gardens’ lake, and of course wonderful Kew to explore too. Performances twice a day at 11.30am and 6pm Weds to Fri; and 11.30am and 6pm Sat and Sun. Tickets: Adults from £19.90; Children from £12.90.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. kew.org

 

A BIT FURTHER AFIELD…

Finding the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter Studios, until Mon 5 Sept

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The Harry Potter Studios manage to come up with new ideas every year to hoik Harry fans into its attraction, and this summer they’ve managed it again. For the first time, there’s a moving display of the Devil’s Snare that the trio encountered in their hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone in Creature Effects, plus the chance to  touch the giant tentacles that have been specially created as they were in the films. Kids can learn how one of Ron Weasley’s favourite games, Wizard’s Chess, was brought to life on a large scale with the giant chess pieces moving across a chequered board, as if by magic, on the HP backlot.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk

 

William Egglestone Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 23 Oct

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The London papers can’t hand out the stars fast enough for this exhibition. 100 of Eggleston’s works, covering his career from the ’60s to the present day — and an unprecedented display of his portraits. As well as his trademark colour photography, there’s also a selection of never-before seen vintage black and white prints from the 1960s.

npg.org.uk/whatson/eggleston

 

BOOK IT NOW

Gangsta Granny, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 14-18 Sept

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. CAST Gilly Tompkins - Granny Ashley Cousins - Ben Laura Girling - Mum Ben Martin - Dad Umar Malik - Raj Alison Fitzjohn - Matron Richard James - Doctor Louise Bailey - Queen & Female Undestudy Aaron Thiara - Male Understudy CREATIVE TEAM Adapter and Director - Neal Foster Designer - Jackie Trousdale Lighting Designer - Jason Taylor Composer - Jak Poore Sound Designer - Nick Sagar Choreographers - Paul Chantry & Rae Piper of Chantry Dance Company Production Manager - Adrian Littlejohns

David Walliam’s novels have been favourites for both of my mini mudlets, and with four of his books already adapted for screen, and another on the way, it’s no great surprise the stage is getting in on the act too. Gangsta Granny, Walliam’s fourth novel, has been touring since the end of last year and stops off  at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, from Sept 14 -18. It’s about a boy called Ben who is staying at his Granny’s house for the weekend. Ben thinks she’s boring, until he finds out she is his very own Gangsta Granny. The producers of Horrible Histories are behind this one, so you’re in pretty safe hands. I’d book now, because it’s bound to be popular.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com

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